Turning Degrees Into Careers
Welcome to the Nurse Residency Program at Kalispell Regional Healthcare, located in the beautiful Flathead Valley in northwest Montana. First and foremost, congratulations on attaining your nursing degree! In order to help you succeed, KRH has developed a Nurse Residency Program to support you in your new and exciting role as a nurse.
The first year as a newly licensed nurse is both thrilling and challenging. Our goal is to equip you with the essential skills you need to thrive in your role as a new nurse. Once enrolled into the Nurse Residency Program, you will be placed in one of the following locations:
- Medical/surgical oncology floor
- Medical floor
- Surgical floor
- Intermediate care unit
- Transitional care unit
- Behavioral health
- Additional specialty may be considered depending on skillset and staffing needs
One of the great parts of the Nurse Residency Program is the opportunity to work with your team of new graduate nurses to develop and implement an evidence-based practice project at KRH. You will have mentors to support your progress and will go through the entire process using the Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice. Our previous groups have completed projects and presented their findings at KRH’s quarterly nursing grand rounds.
Throughout the year, you will continue to receive support and structure from Nurse Residency Program leadership, preceptors and nursing managers. Our goal is to help you succeed at KRH in your first nursing job. Come join a fabulous team!
- Applicants must possess a current Montana RN license by the start of the program.
- Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited nursing school (or an accredited refresher course if a returning RN), which includes 250 clinical hours, within the last 12 months.
The 12-month Nurse Residency Program includes weekly courses for the first 14 weeks of employment in addition to being paired up with trained preceptors. Classes cover a variety of topics including:
- Assessment and critical thinking
- Legal issues and documentation
- Change of shift reporting
- When to call the doctor
- Shift work
- Reality shock
- Shared governance
- Work-life balance
- Spiritual and end-of-life care
- Compassion fatigue
- Understanding health care reform
- Additional unit-specific training
Frequently Asked Questions
Living in the Flathead
If you have additional questions, email Mandy Pokorny, Nurse Residency Program coordinator, at email@example.com